Special Needs Campaign


Camp ReCreation is a five day long residential camp for adults with disabilities established in 1978 at the request of the Bishop of Orange to the Knights of Columbus of our Diocese to serve those with developmental disabilities in the Diocese of Orange. Campers range in age from 18 to 60 years old, and all have developmental issues. Some campers also have Down’s syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Autism. During the week long summer camp, campers and counselors participate in activities such as, but not limited to:

. Music Classes                                   . Nature Classes

. Arts and Crafts                                 . Olympic Themed Activities and Sports

. Drama Classes                                  . Spiritual Enrichment Classes

. Socialization                                     . Lives of the Saints

Nightly activities include camp fire entertainment such as, but not limited to:

. Waterfall                                          . Dances

. Live Band Concert                           . Talent Show Starring the Campers

Usually, during the week, we load the buses and head off to a field trip corresponding to our annual theme. Field trips have included Disneyland, San Diego Wild Animal Park, Universal Studios, and Knott’s Berry Farm. This year we will travel to a pool day, and possibly one additional field trip.

Our Participants:

Our Camp ReCreation summer program proposes to serve 40-50 individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Our 40-50 campers represent respite care given to 40-50 households. Respite is given to other family members including brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles who are caregivers for these campers. Four days of summer camp gives families and caregivers 72 x 2 or 144 hours of respite per camper (with 2 parents).

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